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DOG BITE

Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog temperament and breeding can lead to severe injuries from bites and mauling. Typical dog bites can cause a wide range of injuries, including: 

  • Abrasions

  • Lacerations

  • Punctures

  • Infections

  • Rabies

  • Tetanus

  • Crushing Injuries

  • Avulsion

  • Scarring and disfigurement

  • Injuries from Familiar Dogs

  • Injuries from Other Dogs

  • Nerve Damage

  • Death from Dog Attacks

  • Loss of limbs or fingers

Los Angeles Dog Bite Statute and Owner Liability

Los Angeles dog bite law makes it clear that a dog owner is liable for any bite or attack by their canine regardless if it has shown prior aggression or not. This strict liability approach has a few conditions to meet for a dog bite claim to succeed, including that:

 

·     The defendant owns the canine, and;

·     You were bitten while legally on private or public property, and;

·     The dog in question bit you, causing injury.

 

Typically, a defendant in a dog bite case would be the owner, but there may be exceptions. Other parties that might be somehow liable could include:

 

·     A caretaker for the dog

·     A residential landlord or commercial leasing company

·     Owners of the property the incident occurred

 

The reason other parties may be involved is due to negligence on their part which may have led to the event. For example, a landlord failing to repair a fence despite repeated requests to do so, or a caretaker taking the dog for a walk without a leash, could contribute to the situation leading up to a dog bite. These situations require a dog bite attorney familiar with how the law applies to such circumstances so that you can maximize your compensation award.

 

What Steps You Should Take After Suffering a Dog Bite

 

When beginning the complicated process of recovering compensation after a dog bite, the following steps need to be taken to help establish your claim:

 

1.      Get pictures of the dog and your injuries

2.      Identify the dog owner

3.      Get medical treatment and evaluations of the severity of your injuries

4.      Contact your local sheriff or animal control department to report the incident

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